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The !FALcast: Wherein the gentlemen of the !FALcast—Matt, Skye, and TV's Adam—play video games and then talk about them.



Disparate interests combine and collide in a free-form discussion of topics as diverse as sound design in survival horror, ensemble casts in role-playing games, and emergent vs. crafted narrative.



This is not a place for gaming news, although news may be discussed. This is not a place where games are reviewed, although opinions may be given. This is a place where three men you probably don't know talk at great length about video games you probably do.

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The !FALcast: Wherein the gentlemen of the !FALcast—Matt, Skye, and TV's Adam—play video games and then talk about them.



Disparate interests combine and collide in a free-form discussion of topics as diverse as sound design in survival horror, ensemble casts in role-playing games, and emergent vs. crafted narrative.



This is not a place for gaming news, although news may be discussed. This is not a place where games are reviewed, although opinions may be given. This is a place where three men you probably don't know talk at great length about video games you probably do.

    A Lot of Bird Stuff (is Going On)

    A Lot of Bird Stuff (is Going On)

    -Amorous olds

    -I rehash the plot of FF4 for some reason

    -"To be a true paladin, you must not fight now!" *fights*

    -This episode's hot take: After Years was bad

    -The merits/demerits of random encounters

    -Cosmic Star Heroine and its beautiful pacing

    -Eagle Island: it's bird-themed!

    -The tragic servitude of Pokemon (with a brief detour into monkey personhood)

    -Matt really likes Mega Man 11

    -Air Man, Crash Man, Metal Man, Bubble Man, Wood Man, Heat Man, Flash Man, Quick Man

    -Skye continues to not like roguelikes/play video games

    -Hardspace: Shipbreaker and watching people perform manual labor

    -Darren P. vs. Darren C.

    -The mundane joys of House Flipper

    -Surprisingly, ASMR doesn't work on Skye

    -ok then there's a weird little ASMR cul-de-sac for a while

    -Left 4 Dead is basically Destiny (?)

    -Matt assuages my palpable fear that he wouldn't like The Outer Wilds

    -You guys I *love* The Outer Wilds (AND SO DOES MY KID!)

    -Skye worries it might actually be *too* good

    • 2 hrs
    Ep. 38: Walking on Time

    Ep. 38: Walking on Time

    Crunch and the ends (not really) justifying the means

    Van Goff

    The delightful million-thing cleanquest of Horace

    Matt the Save Piggybacker ruined rental games, possibly childhoods

    Can you walk on time? (Also no)

    Boy this time-walking thing sure overstays its welcome

    Skye threatens to quit the podcast because of the time-walking thing because literally of course he does

    Reference as game design in Evoland

    The perfect medley of Retro Game Challenge

    Do you know the KACHO?

    Check out Skye's Last of Us 2 video and a bunch of other stuff at his YouTube channel, you see Skye this is what friends do they support each other

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Ep. 37: The Normal Emotions

    Ep. 37: The Normal Emotions

    "Woman Stuff" is not the title of this episode

    We love Overcooked!

    We hate Operation Raccoon City!

    (Also Games for Windows Live is haunted or something)

    Experiencing the joy of failure and yelling at wheelchair-bound raccoons

    Dumb pretentious nonsense about "speaking the language of video games," and it's not even Skye saying it!

    Steam remote play worked! ...at the TIME

    I LOVE SAYONARA WILD HEARTS

    ...no seriously though I really really love Sayonara Wild Hearts

    Gris' beautiful representation of grief, and us forgetting how many stages of grief exist

    (Also you trundle around as a stone block with a little head on top)

    Let's throw a Swery game in here for good measure because why not

    The open beta of West of Dead that no longer exists is cool

    (West of Dead is cool)

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Ep. 36: There’s a Dave

    Ep. 36: There’s a Dave

    OK *now* we're gonna talk about Warsaw

    The brevity of Warsaw (see?) vs. the cruelty of Darkest Dungeon

    But whither base building?

    Chimera Squad as XCOM Junior

    What does it mean to be at full health?

    The ramifications of sternum injuries

    Gameplay systems: Less is more (except when less is less)

    XCOM's fake accuracy percentages continue to remain fake

    No seriously though get a load of these two gaslighting bastards acting like probability isn't a thing

    PROBABILITY IS A THING

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Ep. 35: Look at Those Friends

    Ep. 35: Look at Those Friends

    Oops

    Wonder what Matt thinks of Death's Gambit?

    Oh well, suppose we'll never know

    Is potato salad a salad? (Or, failing that, a video game?)

    Skye only got into the podcast game to pad his resume

    He also maintains to-do lists of games instead of playing them

    The incomprehensible narrative, anime oversaturation, interminable barks and overall Easy-Soulsiness of Code Vein

    The Surge, on the other hand, is a Soulslike that is very much not messing around

    The frictionless experience of New Game +

    We ALMOST talk about Warsaw, but tune in next time, we'll try real hard not to lose the audio

    • 59 min
    Ep. 34: A Weeping Fridge

    Ep. 34: A Weeping Fridge

    RetroAchievements.org offers a great excuse to play old games

    The 7th Saga is hard to recommend but easy to love (honestly it's pretty rough going)

    Jurassic World Evolution and the art of the Ungame

    Guarding the gate at Silent Hill/pushing the Mushroom Kingdom back down a Brooklyn drain

    Control: Brilliant with just a hint of jank

    But the Threshold Kids are straight-up awesome

    Returning to Black Mesa with...Black Mesa look shut up ok I'm doing my best over here it's been a long day and I've got a lot going on

    Xen is new and improved and also thoroughly overstays its welcome

    On the origins of Half-Life Alyx and the future (?) of the series

    The economics of periphery

    [ANCIENT CYCLICAL ARGUMENT REDACTED]

    • 1 hr 34 min

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